Power generation emissions fall to lowest level since 1988, thanks to natural gas

Power generation emissions fall to lowest level since 1988, thanks to natural gas

According to Carnegie Mellon University’s Power Sector Carbon Index (PSCI)— a quarterly report that tracks carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and intensity from the U.S. power sector — U.S. electricity generation CO2 emissions have fallen to their lowest levels since 1988. Natural gas’ share of the total electricity generation mix has increased 67 percent since 2005. The increased utilization … Continue reading Power generation emissions fall to lowest level since 1988, thanks to natural gas

Pennsylvania sits on nearly 63 trillion cubic feet of natural gas

Pennsylvania sits on nearly 63 trillion cubic feet of natural gas

According to a report released by the Energy Information Administration, Pennsylvania had 62.7 trillion cubic feet of recoverable natural gas in 2016. The only state with more natural gas was Texas, which had at least 88.3 trillion cubic feet. Pennsylvania had the largest net increase in natural gas proved reserves of all states in 2016, adding 6.1 … Continue reading Pennsylvania sits on nearly 63 trillion cubic feet of natural gas

ISO analysis highlights consequences of pipeline capacity constraints

ISO analysis highlights consequences of pipeline capacity constraints

The northeast region was recently reminded of the importance of adequate energy infrastructure when the ISO New England released an analysis that recapped the region’s 2017-2018 winter experiences, including a brutal cold snap that froze the northeast from Dec. 26, 2017, through Jan. 8, 2018. During that stretch, all major cities in New England endured average temperatures … Continue reading ISO analysis highlights consequences of pipeline capacity constraints

Calculating the benefits of US LNG exports

Calculating the benefits of US LNG exports

The cumulative contribution to US economic growth from the addition of more LNG plants will range from $716 billion to $1.267 trillion between 2013 and 2050 under three cases, an ICF Inc. study commissioned by LNG Allies recently projected. The updated ICF study summarizes the potential for significant economic benefits and job growth from the … Continue reading Calculating the benefits of US LNG exports

2025 U.S. emissions target reached, thanks to natural gas

2025 U.S. emissions target reached, thanks to natural gas

Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) recently reported that the U.S. has already met the Clean Power Plan’s (CPP) 2025 carbon emission reduction targets, thanks in large part to the increased utilization of cleaner-burning natural gas. In a recent edition of the journal Environmental Science & Technology, co-author and CMU professor Paul Fischbeck writes: “To be sure, while … Continue reading 2025 U.S. emissions target reached, thanks to natural gas

Natural gas and renewables generated 50% of U.S. electricity in 2017

Natural gas and renewables generated 50% of U.S. electricity in 2017

The Business Council for Sustainable Energy recently released the 2018 edition of the Sustainable Energy in America Factbook. Among the findings, natural gas and renewables combined to generate 50 percent of U.S. electricity in 2017, up from 31 percent in 2008. Natural gas retained its position as the No. 1 electricity generation producer in the U.S. … Continue reading Natural gas and renewables generated 50% of U.S. electricity in 2017

Natural gas is the fuel of choice

Natural gas is the fuel of choice

Covering the annual energy conference CERTAWeek last week, Houston Chronicle business columnist Chris Tomlinson writes about the rising popularity of natural gas in his March 9 column, “Coal is out and oil is fading, making natural gas the fossil fuel of choice.” Tomlinson writes: “Coal is too dirty. Oil is too messy. And renewables are too intermittent. … Continue reading Natural gas is the fuel of choice

EPA report: Toxic air releases fall as natural gas utilization increases

EPA report: Toxic air releases fall as natural gas utilization increases

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently released is Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) for 2016. Among the findings, the electric power sector decreased its releases of air toxics in 2016 by 35% from the prior year’s level. This was partially due to the increase in the utilization of natural gas and the continued shift away from coal … Continue reading EPA report: Toxic air releases fall as natural gas utilization increases

Natural Gas Works with Renewables to Meet Energy Needs

Natural Gas Works with Renewables to Meet Energy Needs

In a time when the U.S. is the world’s largest energy consumer, our nation is equipped with an abundant and versatile supply of resources. Ensuring we have the capacity to meet our energy needs is key, and that requires a diverse energy portfolio. Renewable energy, a quickly growing sector, is one piece of the puzzle. … Continue reading Natural Gas Works with Renewables to Meet Energy Needs

U.S. set to become ‘undisputed leader’ in oil and gas

U.S. set to become ‘undisputed leader’ in oil and gas

The Hill reports that a global energy chief foresees the United States becoming the “undisputed leader” in oil and gas production for “years to come.”   Fatih Birol, executive director for the International Energy Agency (IEA), made the comments while speaking at an event at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., on … Continue reading U.S. set to become ‘undisputed leader’ in oil and gas